July 8, 2008 6

Nanbankan (West LA)

By in 11: West LA

This long time westside Japanese Yakitori (Chicken Skewer) place resides in a building that’s under construction now so it’s a bit hard to find the entrance. The big menu plus the chalkboard specials offer more obscure meat parts than other Yakitori places I’ve been to.

I can’t keep track what I ordered (caption and photos not 100% guarantee match). Other than chicken, they have a pretty good list for beef, lamb, fish and vegetables as well.

Bacon wrapped Okra, YUM!
Left: Oyster Mushrooms  Right: Chicken Heart.
Bonjiri (Chicken Butt), fatty…good!

Sunagimo (Gizzard), a bit hard to chomp and swallow. Stuffed Mushroom.

Tebasaki (Chicken Wing). Tender Chicken Meatballs, very good.

The Grilled Corn was so delicious, very sweet and crispy. You can order the corn shaved for you as well.

Chicken Breast with Shiso leaf. Kind of bland.

Nankotsu (Cartilage), crunchy and tender.

A special: Clam in Broth. Very fresh and sweet~

Quail, very good!

Grilled Rice balls to fill up our stomach.

We ordered a beef tongue but it never arrived. I need to go back to try more stuffs. Personally I think Nanbankan wins at varieties compared to the nearby’s Sakura House and Downtown’s Kokekokko (which has a 5 per person minimum order rule). The ventilation was good as well.

Nanbankan (310) 478-1591
11330 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90189

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6 Responses to “Nanbankan (West LA)”

  1. seat says:

    Is the menu on the chalkboard written in English? Hard to imagine….
    The scallop broth and quail are so out of place in a yakitori restaurant!! ^^;;; But they look yummy~

  2. Alicia says:

    I have read your blog for a long time
    always enjoy reading it
    but this is the first time I leave comment
    just want to ask about the price

  3. Freda says:

    Hi Alicia, thank you for visiting! Each skewer cost around $2-4 (the Cartliage is $4.xx), each order came in two, it’s perfect to share for two people. 😀

    haha seat yeah it’s English on chalkboard, the place was remodeled looked very westernize anyway.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Not be bad got, shall read else, thank you.

  6. Ten says:

    LOVE this blog